Flos Glo-Ball: Molten Dust

January 1, 2009
Piombino Dese, a drab industrial town between Venice and Verona, has many small glass companies, including Vetrerie New Glass, founded by Franco Pellizzon in 1991 and one of several Glo-Ball suppliers. Pellizzon trained as a glassblower but saw no future for himself in the craft; he wanted to industrialize the process.

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  Workers at the facility begin the manufacturing process by dipping a hollow, stainless steel pole into a mass of molten glass. Through a delicate process of adding air, shaping against a cast-iron mold, and triple-dipping, the blowers build up a layered ball.
    Workers at the facility begin the manufacturing process by dipping a hollow, stainless steel pole into a mass of molten glass. Through a delicate process of adding air, shaping against a cast-iron mold, and triple-dipping, the blowers build up a layered ball.
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  A worker begins his break by lighting a cigarette against the still red-hot, molten glass. At this phase in production, the white inner layer of the Glo-Ball looks transparent.
    A worker begins his break by lighting a cigarette against the still red-hot, molten glass. At this phase in production, the white inner layer of the Glo-Ball looks transparent.

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